Samuel Smith's Nut Brown Ale - Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)
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4.7/5 rDev +14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4
Samuel Smith bottles are just friggin' cool. I love the fancy gold wrapping around the neck...it makes you feel that you are in for something special.
This pours a deep chestnut brown that almost seems purple when held to the light. This has a three-finger head that is the color of peanut shells and reduces to a nice thick cap over the span of a few minutes. Lots of beige lace is stuck to the glass.
The nose is sweet and nutty with a hint of orange juice and booze. I smell pecans, chestnuts, and peanut shells mixed with a sugary syrup. For some reason, I can really smell the alcohol in this one. That's not an entirely bad thing, but it's just strange for a 5.00% beer. I also smell an almost sickly sweet forzen orange juice aroma. This has a very complex nose that reminds me of the way it smells outside when I am raking leaves. I can detect about every kind of nut that I can think of.... cashews, peanuts, almonds, ect. This is the most nutty nut brown that I've ever smelled!
I taste soy sauce and caramel follwed by tons of nutty flavor (almonds, chestnuts, and sweet cashews). Later come deeper flavors of woody smoke, salted meat, jerky, grape skins, and a slighty citric hop twinge. This is an extremely complex beer. There are alot of different things going on here to keep my tastebuds working. This seems like a very appropriate taste for the cool autumn weather! The alcohol is warming for such a low alcohol brew, and the roasty sweetness reminds me of bonfires and changing leaves.
Mouthfeel is smooth and almost under-carbonated. The finish is dry, salty, nutty, and tangy. After that drying sensation, a peculiar sweetness comes back a few moments after swallowing.
This is a very unique and complex brew that needs to be sipped slowly and picked apart piece by peice. I personally would not want one of these with food, as it is very flavorful on it's own...and the slightly strange and precariously balanced taste could be thrown off easily by adding other flavors to the already taxed palate. But on it's own, this is a work of art.
I just noticed that this is my 50th review and I'm glad that I had such a fascinating beer on this mildly important occasion. Cheers!
Serving type: bottle
09-06-2006 14:08:05 | More by pmcadamis
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